The sky must be one magical and unexplored place because where else would you see such magnificent sights – the dance of the clouds, the sun lighting up the world in the hues of orange and also sometimes the wrath of nature.

Pilot and photographer Santiago Borja, while flying his aircraft over the Pacific Ocean near Panama, chanced upon the most spectacular view of a thunderstorm and has captured this stunning image of a thunderstorm at 37,000 feet through his cockpit window. This image was selected by National Geographic as part of its ‘Daily Dozen’ best photos from around the world.

The contrast in the shot shows off the strong updraft of the cumulonimbus cloud as well as the deep blue night sky peppered with stars. Borja told The Washinton Post, "Storms are tricky because the lightning is so fast, there is no tripod and there is a lot of reflection from inside lights."

He said, "I like this photo so much because you can feel the amazing size of the storm and its power, but at the same time it’s wonderful how peacefully you can fly around it in still air without touching it."

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